Barry Hits The Big One: 756 Home Runs!

8 Aug

Everyone knew it was coming, and… what a surprise: he hit it at home. Didn’t make a splash, but I guess they’re not all going to make it over. Fair play to the Nationals for having the guts to pitch to him, I don’t know if I’d have been so brave… men on base or not.

Love that the guy who caught it was a mets fan: seems fitting for such a fake record for a fake giants fan to catch it. Game of Shadows is well worth a read, if you’ve not already done so. It’s sad, but baseball is more to blame than the players: tougher action needed earlier. If you’re a HR guy and every other HR guy around you is juiced for an extra 20 feet… what would you do? Their fly-balls go out of the park, whilst yours are easy warning track outs. Lots of people love to preach about drugs in sport, but the reality (as with most things) is a lot more complex.

Another interesting storyline here is this remarkable coincidence. What are the chances? Not being reported much given the 756 crazyness right now, but I’d expect this to become more of a story over the coming days.

Anyhow, I don’t like Bonds much anymore. Not because of the drugs, but because he’s let his perceived status as a ball-player take over everything around him. His absolute lack of humility is simply not very attractive. Compare him to Hammerin’ Hank, for instance. Bonds gets booed for being a drug cheat, Hank got bullets in the mail for being a black man who dared to approach the Babe. Or even modern day guys like A-Rod (for whom Bonds is only keeping the record warm, of course)… they have their flaws, but they (mostly) respect the game and those around it. Bonds acts like he knows he’s a legend, and to hell with everyone else.

No disputing he’s good (best ever? pehaps…) but the undeniable truth is that he’s a legend*

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